19 May 2010

Frustrated Unhappy Voters Leave Commentators Confused

I've read a couple of articles from the mainstream press about the elections yesterday. They understand that people are unhappy, but that voters seem determined to vote against everyone seems to leave the commentators confused. How can both Democrats and Republicans both be voted out of office, they ponder helplessly.

Confusion is what it will look like when your choices are so constrained by our miserable two-party system. You vote one entrenched party out, the other slips right in. It only looks confusing to those who still hold on to the idea that there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. Voters are frustrated, but they are presented with so few choices the frustration looks incoherent to conventional, two-party analysis.

Voters hold both entrenched parties responsible, and vote against whoever. But the professional commentator class is so well trained to think only in two party terms, that they get all discombobulated. They see, but they do not understand.

They say the ablishment is rattled. If there were any justice in this world, they would be rattled right back to where they came from. They need to be rattled, shaken, broken, bounched and drop-kicked into the history books.

Here's an example of the conventional take:

Washington Post: Voters' anger at Washington may overpower any fixes

Voters sent a clear message on Tuesday: They don't like the way Washington works. But they sent a mixed message on what would make it work better, which adds up to a virtual guarantee that it might be a long time before Washington actually does work better.

Their victories speak to the broadest trend shaping the political climate, which is voter anger. Voters have lost faith in their politicians, whom they see as a privileged class that has lost touch with the concerns of Main Street. But in today's ideologically polarized environment, left and right are joined only by their disgust with the status quo. What the supporters of Paul and supporters of Sestak want couldn't be farther apart.

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